Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 12: Ice Boxes

The marsh is a pile of snow capped with an inch-thick glaze of shin-punishment. Twenty paces felt like twenty minutes on the Stairmaster. The main pool held me. Maybe I'll bring skates next time.

Jetty black ducks were especially skittish today, evacuating before I'd approached within 200 yards. It was probably that cackling white one who tipped them off.

The sled was useless for moving debris but great for snowplowing. After hauling out one impossible log I excavated a few pieces of plywood and headed back.

Broc, Stewart and I measured and cut wood for another three duck boxes to be assembled on the next snow day. Once built they'll be available to anyone who wants them. On that note, we're now taking orders for anything that can be constructed from recycled marsh wood. If we're to achieve our goal of recycling all of it, creativity will be of the utmost importance.

High of 31, wind NW @ 17 MPH, -.4 low tide @ 2:08 PM, water level unrecorded; ice has pulled yard stick out. All marsh frozen.
Birds: ? sparrows
Birds seen in bay: black brant, black duck, Canada geese.
No creatures camera trapped during past week.
Marsh grass and debris influx working up inlet.

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